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New, deeper AP program

[This is my Local Living section column for Jan. 28, 2010.] If someone told you the College Board was about to rip apart the SAT and rebuild it, would that excite/surprise/aggravate/frighten you? Me too. It’s about to happen, not...

By Jay Mathews  |  January 27, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: Advanced Placement, new AP program, new AP tests  
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New, deeper AP program

If someone told you the College Board was about to rip apart the SAT and rebuild it, would that excite/surprise/aggravate/frighten you? Me too. It’s about to happen, not to the SAT, but to our nation’s second-most influential test, Advanced Placement, with large consequences for our high schools and colleges.

By Jay Mathews  |  January 27, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: AP Biology, Advanced Placement, College Board, colleges resist AP changes, new AP program, new AP tests  
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Your school's AP secrets

Ever seen the Advanced Placement Grade Report for your high school? I thought not. Most people don’t know it exists. That is why I have so much pleasure going over the reports. It is like reading the principal’s e-mails, full of intriguing innuendo and secrets that parents and students aren’t supposed to know.

By Jay Mathews  |  January 20, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: AP subject results, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Washington area schools, rating teachers  
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Suburbs too good for charters?

Maybe some (but not all) of our suburban districts are good enough that they don’t need charters. Still, I can’t understand why any district would be so in love with its own rules that it would keep creative teachers from showing what they can do.

By Jay Mathews  |  January 13, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: suburban charter schools; school board blindspots; Va. governor Robert McDonnell  
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Gifted education outrages

When students complained about having to choose between AP physics, too tough for them, or regular physics, too boring--a complaint I hear often from Fairfax County---the Quaker Valley staff said they could skip regular physics classes that were too slow for them, as long as they spent that class time doing something productive in the library and did well on their quizzes, tests and labs.

By Jay Mathews  |  January 6, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: Quaker Valley High School; gifted education; letting students schedule their days; violating standard educational procedures  
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Why Washington area schools are the best

I remember asking seniors in an government class at T.C. Williams about the differences between them. The teacher, Jack Esformes, had put in the same class Advanced Placement students heading for college and regular students praying for the last bell. Weren’t they uncomfortable, all mixed together? They fiercely defended their pride at being one exciting class, with contributions from everyone. In their eyes, I was just another clueless visitor trying to stereotype them.

By Jay Mathews  |  December 30, 2009; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: Shangri-la of public education, Washington area schools, challenge in schools, school diversity  
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